Environmental monitoring

Environmental monitoring provides important data that can be used in a variety of applications. Downstream Strategies offers a diverse range of technical field services for assessing air, soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater quality, as well as the health of ecological populations.

We are experienced in sample collection, interpretation and communication of analytical results, and designing and adhering to defensible sampling protocols.

Our professional and trained field staff utilize established standard operating procedures and quality assurance/quality control programs to collect and provide reliable and representative data.


Water quality monitoring can be used to establish a baseline prior to disturbance, ensure that water quality is protected during industrial development, provide information for watershed planning, and demonstrate compliance with NPDES permits. We offer services for chemical, physical, and biological monitoring, including fish and benthic macroinvertebrate assessments.
Our projects range from single-event sample collection to long-term, recurring sampling projects. We have extensive experience conducting baseline and ongoing monitoring related to surface and underground coal mines as well as shale gas development.

  • Surface water testing
  • Groundwater testing
  • Private well testing
  • Biological assessment
  • Stormwater sampling
  • NPDES permit compliance monitoring


We offer air quality data collection services for citizens, local governments, and community groups concerned about air quality near industrial developments. We also measure and remediate mold inside of buildings. Downstream Strategies personnel hold certifications as Certified Indoor Environmentalists (CIEs) and Certified Microbial Remediators (CMRs) from the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC), the only independently-accredited certification body in the indoor air quality industry.

  • Indoor air quality monitoring
  • Outdoor air quality testing
  • Mold assessment and remediation


Contaminated soils have the potential to leach pollutants to groundwater and surface waters. It is therefore imperative to assess soil quality prior to redevelopment or any activity that will disturb soils. We offer soil quality analysis related to redevelopment activities, site characterization, and remediation of contaminated soils.

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Perrine DuPont Settlement

Downstream Strategies worked towards the remediation of a property impacted by heavy metal contamination during the Perrine DuPont settlement. Project tasks included providing technical recommendations for the design and oversight of a soil and interior dust sampling program, presenting at public meetings, and providing expert testimony in a courtroom setting.

Friends of the Hughes Baseline Water Quality Sampling

Downstream Strategies is performing a baseline water quality monitoring, using West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection protocols, on the North Fork of the Hughes River in Ritchie County, West Virginia. The monitoring site is located approximately five miles upstream from the drinking water intake for the Hughes River Water Board. Samples are analyzed for a variety of general water quality parameters, as well as parameters that could be associated with the oil and gas industry. In addition to laboratory analyses, field measurements are taken for certain water quality parameters and for streamflow.